1. Unspoilt Paradise
With 365 blissful beaches, one for every day of the year, from the secluded sands of idyllic Halfmoon Bay, to the pristine pink-sand, building-free beaches of Barbuda – it doesn’t take long for you to realise that this is truly a diamond in the jewel-encrusted Caribbean. It’s also clear why these islands are so popular with royalty, such as Prince William, Harry and the late Princess Diana whom often visited the island and even has a beach named after her.
Not over-populated like some of their neighbouring islands, Antigua & Barbuda remain relatively undiscovered, leaving a world of beauty and unspoilt paradise at your doorstep.
2. Eco Euphoria
Come inwards from the coast and it won’t be long until you’re met with a tropical utopia of luscious, verdant rainforest. Take a hike for some breathtaking views, or sore through the sky from tree to tree Tarzan-style with their famous zipline tours.
If you’re feeling the heat inland, retreat back to the water where you can paddle between gnarly mangroves or scuba dive among its rich coral and marine life, home to all sorts of incredible wildlife. Despite its peaceful serenity and gentle pace of life, Antigua & Barbuda is an ecosystem hustling and bustling with a phenomenal array of flora and fauna.
3. A Haven for Sailing
Whether sailing is your sport or not, the island’s marinas and harbours are undeniably impressive. Antigua is a magnet for luxury superyachts; no surprise seeing as their annual sailing week is the most hotly anticipated event of the year for the nation and in the sailing calendar.
Plus, the view of yachts peppered over the perfect waters of English Harbour from Shirley Heights is simply stunning – just be sure to soak it up before the party starts.
4. Family Escapades & Couple’s Escapism
You’ll never be short of activities on the island. Make the most of the unmatched azure waters with family friendly kayak tours, adventure playground ‘D-Boat’ in the ocean, or swim with wild stingrays in professional and ethical excursions at Stingray City.
Beyond the beach there’s endless things to do, from breathtaking sightseeing and historical wonders to horseback riding tours, safaris and cookery classes. Prefer peace and quiet? It’s abundant here. There’s plenty of places for couples to escape and experience the tranquility and charm of the island.
5. Cuisine with Character
Antigua boasts some of the finest food in the Pacific, with sensational seafood aplenty, legendary jerk chicken and delicious native delicacies. Whether you’re after fine dining in high-class establishments with waves lapping the shore beneath you, or you stumble upon authentic roadside shacks where locals whip up delicious bbq food in front of you – you won’t be disappointed.
Fabulous, classy restaurants line the coast of private island Jumby Bay, or you may choose to watch the sunset in peace whilst sipping cocktails from your intimate dining cabin at Sheer Rocks – one of the most beautiful restaurant spots in Antigua.